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Cosplay / Re: Kumoricon 2019 - Photo dumps!
« Last post by PicklePet on November 26, 2019, 07:42:31 pm »
Yess~ if I get bored and lonely later I might find my favorite picture from every post and put a thumbnail size of it next to the link as a preview. XDI always feel like I've got my foot in my mouth when I try to talk to people about their cosplay or when they try to talk to me about mine, ahaha.
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General Kumoricon / Re: Not a lot of activity here--are we chatting somewhere else?
« Last post by PicklePet on November 26, 2019, 07:36:45 pm »
Sorry for the late reply - I had a small panic attack when I realized exactly how close it is to the holidays and been busy with preparations.
Aw, I love the pic with the gal hugging your Lloyd - I find it so fun when some one loves your character so much they wanna hug you upon seeing you. You definitely get points for uniqueness with Judas!
Oh I trust you, I'm generally a little mistrusting of remakes any ways, though I'm not sure if I'll be able to find the original... I don't really have a working SNES any more, haha.

Honestly I don't think I'll get it done until I'm like, 40 (unless my life drastically changes) but I'm determined. I want it to be on stilts too - I don't think I'll be able to make one truly to scale but I'll get as close as I can.
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Elections / Re: 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by JeffT on November 24, 2019, 04:26:42 pm »
This post is a chronological timeline record of nominations, seconds, and acceptances at the Rant and Rave session on the last day of the convention. Unlike the post above, this post is a fixed record and will not be edited as nominations and acceptances change.

Chair/President
  • Brian Mathews, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Infrastructure
  • Ash Butler, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Membership
  • Charmaine Martinez, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Operations
  • Ben Riker, seconded, deferred at session
  • Yaz Wigfall, seconded, not present
  • Jason Pollard, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Programming
  • Devin Hunter, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Publicity
  • Samantha Rushford, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Relations
  • Sam Taylor, seconded, accepted at session

Suggestions for board-elected positions (these positions are not seconded or accepted):

Treasurer (board-elected position)
  • Jo Ayers
Secretary (board-elected position)
  • Jeff Tyrrill
  • Phillip Koop
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Elections / 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by JeffT on November 24, 2019, 04:19:59 pm »
Elections process

Each year, we hold elections for the board of directors for Altonimbus Entertainment (the organization that produces and runs the Kumoricon convention). Altonimbus, and thereby Kumoricon, is governed by a board of directors consisting of nine members who each serve annual terms. Terms begin and end at the annual meeting of the body which elects each board member.

Seven of the nine board members are elected by the membership (staff of Kumoricon) at the Annual Meeting of the Membership:
  • Chair / President
  • Director of Infrastructure
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Programming
  • Director of Publicity
  • Director of Relations
The next Annual Meeting of the Membership will be held on December 14, 2019, at 12:00 noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland. Official notice was sent to the members on November 13, 2019, and full meeting information is available on the Meetings page.

Starting this year, we are updating our process for online nominations and online Q&A, detailed below. Most of our online elections activity is moving to our staff-only Discord server, but we are continuing to host a forum thread to allow non-staff to nominate and ask questions.

The process for conducting the in-person elections meeting is not changing. The election meeting continues to be open to the public. For each election, there are candidate opening speeches, a period for questions and comments for the candidates, and voting by secret, written ballots.

Members must be present in person to vote, except for proxy voting. If a member cannot attend the meeting, they may designate another member as their proxy, in either of two ways: (1) The member not attending the meeting may authorize another member using the online proxy authorization system, or (2) The proxy attending the meeting may bring a printed authorization form to the meeting signed by the absent member.

Elections and eligibility are governed by the bylaws of Altonimbus Entertainment and the meeting process by our Elections Process (staff login required).

Nominations

Nominations are currently open for candidates for the seven positions listed above.

Nominations must be seconded to be valid. A person cannot nominate or second themselves. To be listed on the candidate list below and on the ballot, a candidate must be nominated and seconded, and then accept the nomination, by the deadline. Once a candidate is nominated and seconded, they may change their acceptance status at will until the nominations deadline of Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11:59pm.

After November 29, only candidates who have affirmatively accepted (rather than "defer", or no response) will be listed. Candidates may still accept after this date until the nominations deadline.

Nominations and seconds can be made, and candidates may respond to nominations, in three ways:
The nominations list will be kept in sync between the nominations channel on Discord and this forum post. Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name, using the preferred name as set in their official staff registration, which candidates may update at any time.

Chair/President
  • Brian Mathews - accept
Director of Infrastructure
  • Ash Butler - accept
Director of Membership
  • Charmaine Martinez - accept
Director of Operations
  • Jason Pollard - accept
  • Ben Riker - accept
Director of Programming
  • Devin Hunter - accept
Director of Publicity
  • Samantha Rushford - accept
Director of Relations
  • Sam Taylor - accept
Questions and comments

The primary venue for online questions and comments will be our staff-only Discord server (instructions for joining). There is a Q&A channel for each position.

Questions may also be asked in this forum thread. One of the election moderators or tellers will copy that question to the appropriate channel on our staff Discord. We ask that candidates respond there in order to keep discussion in one place and not fragmented.

We will bring a printout of each question and answer to the in-person elections meeting for review by anyone at the meeting. We will also continue to hold question-and-comment sessions at the elections meeting.

Anonymous questions and comments

At the meeting, the elections portion will be led by a moderator as well as three tellers (plus an alternate):

Moderator: Fox Young - Vice Chair (Staff and Attendee Services)
Teller: John Leinonen - Marketing Manager
Teller: Catherine Kateley-Williams - Hospitality Manager
Teller: Missa Fleck - Assistant Director of Publicity
Teller, alternate: Robert Trotter - Quartermaster

After the open question-and-comment period for each candidate, we will host an additional anonymous question-and-comment period. Questions and comments may be submitted in person at the election, or emailed in advance to election-comments@kumoricon.org. You can also bring up a written note at the elections meeting without using email, but this might be less anonymous than using email. This process is subject to the following rules:

1. The members of the moderator panel (comprised of the elections moderator and tellers) choose anonymous questions and comments to sponsor and read at the meeting, from those submitted.

2. Anonymous questions/comments are anonymous when read at the meeting, but the moderator panel must know the identity of the person commenting. Your email message or written note must be signed with the name that you are known by in the Kumoricon community.

3. As part of the moderation process, the panel may request more information from you or request a change to your question/comment, or possibly even reject your question/comment.

4. The moderator panel will reply to you stating whether your comment has been accepted.

5. Questions/comments may be shortened or summarized, and similar questions/comments from multiple people may be combined.

A more detailed explanation of the rules and process around anonymous questions and comments is available in our Elections Process (staff login required).
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Anime, Manga, and Japanese Media and Culture / Anime Miis in video games
« Last post by PaladinCecil79 on November 22, 2019, 10:58:52 pm »
Does anyone here own any video games that allow use of Nintendo Miis?
A year ago, I ended up getting a game for the Nintendo Switch called Go Vacation and for a lengthy period, played it addictively with Miis I created of various anime and video game characters.
If anyone here has games that allow used of Miis, have you ever made ones of certain characters to use in games?
And if any of you have Go Vacation for the Switch, I'd love to find someone to play it multi-player with. Most of the mini-games can't be played with other Miis when done one-player, and it would be a thrill to play against other people playing as different anime or video game names.
If you don't have this game, I highly recommend it. The mini-games and objectives are already fun, but using Miis of your favorite Japanese animated characters brings it to another level.
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Cosplay / Re: Kumoricon 2019 - Photo dumps!
« Last post by PaladinCecil79 on November 22, 2019, 10:40:47 pm »
Dang, that's a lot of links. lol
But definitely some good stuff. I've had a lot of great memories over the years taking great cosplay pics and just seeing impressive costumes.
It's always exciting to run into a costume you're impressed with and get a picture.

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I do. You can view them in this link, along with some other Tales cosplays (I've never been good at posting screenshots on message boards. Sharing links has always been easier). The characters I'm dressed as are Zelos, Lloyd and Judas from Tales of Destiny 2. You'll see me at 1:50, 2:05, 2:55 to 3:50,3:59 to 4:10, 4:25 to 4:55, and 5:00 to 5:15. Ironically, I never played Tales of Destiny 2, but at the time, so many people were cosplaying from then current Tales games, so I wanted to do something different. Surprisingly, a decent number of people recognized the character.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74_JoG9KuGc


My user name is a reference to the Final Fantasy IV character. He's been one of my favorite RPG protagonists for a long time and is someone I would've cosplayed by now if his outfit wasn't so complicated. I strongly suggest playing that game when you get a chance. Even today, it still holds up as one of the best of the series (I started playing it back in '92 when I was thirteen and to this day is one of my fondest RPG memories), but I recommend playing the Super Nintendo version first, then the DS remake. Both versions are great, but the latter will be a much better experience when playing it after the former.


If you could cosplay in magitek armor, that would be awesome. I've never seen someone do that before.
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General Kumoricon / Re: Not a lot of activity here--are we chatting somewhere else?
« Last post by PicklePet on November 22, 2019, 07:00:22 am »
Ooh, you're a real OG fan! Nice! XD I always wanted Abyss because the free run. And I've been wanting to cosplay Lloyd for forever~ Do you have pictures somewhere? : DAlso I JUST realized your username is a reference to Final Fantasy IV, isn't it? That one was a little too early for me but Final Fantasy VI is my childhood, did you like that one? > u < It's my ultimate dream to cosplay somebody in a suit of magitek armor.
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That's a good question. There are so many that I liked. I think my faves are Eternia, Symphonia and Abyss. I liked Phantasia and Legendia a lot as well and my first two RPG cosplays were Lloyd and Zelos.
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General Kumoricon / KumoriApp - Idea Drafting
« Last post by PicklePet on November 18, 2019, 02:58:01 pm »
I'm studying web & app development and it's my goal to build this baby (I'm still a novice so don't count on that being super soon) - I believe in the power of collaboration, so I often like to put my ideas up before I start to see if any one has any tweaks or feedback! I'd love to hear it. : )
This app would basically be a virtual program guide (more convenient than carrying the book around - and reduce the printing footprint!) PLUS so much more... I have a lot of ideas for how technology could solve some existing problems and help some of us probably socially awkward people make connections a little easier... (no one's said that before and achieved the exact opposite... *heavy sarcasm*) But seriously I'm trying to be very conscious of not giving people an excuse to just stare at their screens more but rather a tool to interact with the people around them.

Orientation: When the app first starts up, have an 'orientation' - quick guide of how to navigate it, basic code of conduct, maybe a reminder that this is a non-for-profit 100% volunteer run event.

Schedule: Basically the function I believe guidebook serves right now (haven't used it myself).- Has access to the full schedule list like they had it on the website this year, sortable by category and time - text listings of title, description, time, room. Possibly display hosts, maybe an option for hosts.
- Also has visual grid format - grid view can be narrowed down by removing categories/rooms. You can click on block to see the full event info with description.
- You can color-code events (and you can save a key of what the colors mean - like: green- definitely going, yellow- interested, pink- back-up plan red- competing)- You can add your own blocks. (i.e. volunteering - lunch - meetup - costume change)
- You can view a schedule of just the events you've marked, or even just certain colors
- Will be able to reflect last minutes changes like time changes, cancellations and added events, etc.- You can subscribe to notifications and/or reminders for events - so you'll be notified if there are any changes, or you'll get a reminder notification 10 minutes (adjustable time) before a panel starts.
- perhaps make number of people who marked themselves as going to an event visible to event host so they can forecast a bit?

Panel Integration: This part is exciting for me. Will work a lot like jackbox games.
- Each panel has a unique code - for most this will only be given out during the panel, but possible it could be given out before-hand.
- Once you enter the code, you'll be inside the room. The audience will see whatever the host has set as 'active'.- Things the host can set up: polls for voting, short-medium length free responses to a question, pictures, a space to draw, prompts, you can assign people random numbers, etc. Could be just about anything. - And admins can create and queue these ahead of time so when the panel starts all they have to do is run through it like a power point. Of course they can see all submitted responses.
Main concern: Not every one will have a phone (maybe lost, dead, low battery, bad connection, no data, don't want to install app etc), it could be unfair to be unable to include them, and therefore possible solutions: always have to have physical back-up plans or mark panels that plan to use it so audience knows ahead of time?

Classifieds(looking for group): A place where any user can post a little mini meet-up orrr planned time to play a game that's open for others to join.- The most common use I imagine is for board/card games like secret hitler, mafia, cards against humanity, catan, etc., or console games if they're available, like mario kart/party/overcooked etc (haven't paid that much attention to the console section of the arcade so I don't know what's standard faire)
- All users can see these listings, and if they choose, can be notified of certain kinds of meetups (like if you really like secret hitler, you can get notified of any lfg postings for that)- Will have algorithms to check for any double-up or closely timed events of the same kind and suggest merging before creating a new one.

Profile & Street-pass-esque: I'm thinking each kumo badge can be hooked up to a user account - so even like, personalization features aren't available until you hook it up? But like if you preregister then maybe you could set that up ahead of time? And maybe have a little image code on the back of your badge that people can scan to look you up instead of typing in a code for easy friending??
- Designated place to put your cosplay line-up. (Won't show up on your profile at all if you leave it empty tho) With this, the database can let you know if some one else is cosplaying from the same series - you can send them a message to see if they want to meet up any where. Maybe some verification step to make sure this isn't trolled, like you have to submit a picture with it.
- Interests: list shows/games/movies etc. you like, and maaaybe other general categories like 'fanfiction', 'cosplay', 'amvs' - but from fandoms, app can tell you if there's some one else who likes that near you/make some kind of street pass encounter where you can just see each other's profiles and have a field at the bottom to send them a message or something.
- You can attach links to your social media because I know that's all the rage. : T They can either be public or you can just share them with specific users. Easier than handing out business cards and stuff.
Main concern: The street pass aspect could get really crazy if attendance continues to grow and people list popular fandoms as their interests. Perhaps make a distinction between like and love so that you have the option to get notifications for some fandoms you like and not others.

Games: (with strangers) Haven't thought about what specifically would go in here yet, but just having a section with games (y'know like party games and ice-breaker kind of stuff like two truths and a lie or pass it on, etc.) you can strike up with the people around you sounds cool. Just an easy way to pass the time and meet some one between events or while sitting in line. Maybe you can mark yourself as 'looking to play' and two people who have that on get directed to each other somehow. Heck, finding each other can be a game. It can tell you to strike a pose or do a specific motion or say a specific thing to get the other person's attention. And if these games have any show specific material, maybe it can tap into your shared fandoms. This is different from classifieds because it's meant to be quick and on the fly whereas classifieds is a little more for sitting down for a longer amount of time to play a specific game.

Did you take my picture? - Definitely thinking of the best way to help people get those to each other. Couple ideas:1. Way to keep galleries on the app and tag the user you took it of (data storage heavy for the server)2. Have a page on your account to keep a list of who you took pictures of (with their contact info) ((and it'll automatically have their character and name from their profile lineup info)) in case you want to submit your photos later.
3. I think the worst idea but: have people be able to just submit photo dumps/galleries hosted on another site to the app, depending on how good of a recognition algorithm I could find it could produce a bunch of suggestions to any one who has that question from the database of images (wouldn't work great for popular characters but not too much worse than humans?) based on a photo you give it (or the photos you submit for your cosplay lineups)

Bingo: Self explanatory how this could be digitized, right?You can upload an image from your phone to the app and associate it to one of your bingo tiles, once you get a bingo that gets transmitted to the staff who can then review that the photo matches the character (and the app can verify that no one is submitting a photo that's already been submitted?), give you some kind of code that you can take to their booth to get redeemed.Master Alerts - Still thinking about format but definitely want a quick access screen where you can alter all your alert options very quickly - like going on silent to go inside of a panel or dinner or home, etc.Website Integration - Attach it to a full-on website that can carry your profile from year to year, have a friends list, AND A FORUM.It'd be nice. I have no idea how feasible any of this is honestly, there are obviously costs in hosting and maintaining it all. But I'll try to figure that out.
I feel like there's more I'm forgetting, but this is already far more than I can chew for now. I'm sure I'll be polishing it many times. And it seems there's a whitespace glitch on this forum host, sorry for the randomly cramped headings.
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